Tagged: private equity

Lending & Debt Dominates PE Investment In Crowdfunding Space

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Alex Feldman at Crowdsunite took to Crunchbase to seek out venture capitalists and angel investors that had invested in crowdfunding companies. The main takeaway: P2P lending and debt-based crowdfunding plays have been dominant in terms of garnering investment from private equity firms, venture capitalists and angel investors. He compiled statistics from 45 crowdfunding-related companies, representing… Read More

Oculus VR Raises $16 Million Series A

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Oculus VR has raised $16 million in a round with contributions from Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, Founders Fund and Formation 8. Spark Capital and Matrix Partners led the round. Spark founder Santo Politi and Matrix partner Antonio Rodriguez both acquire seats on Oculus’s Board of Directors in the deal. Forbes alludes to the involvement of Founders… Read More

SeedInvest Launches, Tackles Equity Crowdfunding with a Social Focus

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SeedInvest co-founders Ryan Feit and James Han always knew they wanted to start a business, even as they both found themselves working in New York private equity firms. That entrepreneurial drive took them back to Wharton to pursue their MBAs. While at Wharton, Feit read about Sherwood “Woodie” Neiss and Jason Best of Startup Exemption (and… Read More

‘Rich Man’s Crowd Funding’

David Drake

Private Equity, funds, angel networks and broker dealers are embracing the technology underpinning crowdfunding with its standards of deal presentation and distribution channels to potential investors. According to Jouko Ahvenainen, Chairman and co-founder of Grow VC, “At Grow VC Group we work with many broker dealers to offer our platform as a service for their use. Through GrowVC they can easily… Read More

The Crowdfunding Crowd Is Anxious

Candace Klein (NYTimes.com)

RYAN CALDBECK was stumped. A director at a private equity firm, he was taking part in a panel discussion at a consumer goods conference last summer in New York when an entrepreneur raised his hand with a question: Where could a young company with just a few million dollars in sales go for money to grow. Mr…. Read More

Do the Math and More Than 1,100 Startups Could Be Stranded By The Series A Crunch

The Series A crunch boils down to this: Too many seed fundings, too few follow-on A financings. In other words, excessive supply and limited demand. So if you want to get your arms around the expected funding shortfall, do the math. That’s what CB Insights did in a recent study and here is what it… Read More